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N.C.O’s (Non-Commissioned Officers) of the Labour Corps on the Western Front.

“The South African Native Labour Contingent (SANLC). The SANLC had operated in the fight against the Germans in South West Africa since September 1916, but the Labour Corps for the Western Front was established in February 1917.
The racist attitudes of the period meant that black South Africans were not enlisted as combat troops, but only in the Labour Corps. They were used in the docks, in salvage, supply, burial and other non-military jobs.”

N.C.O’s (Non-Commissioned Officers) of the Labour Corps on the Western Front.

The South African Native Labour Contingent (SANLC). The SANLC had operated in the fight against the Germans in South West Africa since September 1916, but the Labour Corps for the Western Front was established in February 1917.

The racist attitudes of the period meant that black South Africans were not enlisted as combat troops, but only in the Labour Corps. They were used in the docks, in salvage, supply, burial and other non-military jobs.”

Source / September 19, 2014 / 12

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Australian troops moving up to the firing line in France, c. 1916

Australian troops moving up to the firing line in France, c. 1916

Source / September 19, 2014 / 15

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German POWs being escorted by Allied soldiers, September 1916

German POWs being escorted by Allied soldiers, September 1916

Source / September 19, 2014 / 13

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The artillery regiment’s mascot sitting atop the gun, c. 1918

The artillery regiment’s mascot sitting atop the gun, c. 1918

Source / September 19, 2014 / 36

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Allied supplies—majority of what seen here being food—waiting to be shipped/1917

According to the National Library of Scotland: “With around two million men in the British Army alone, it was a huge undertaking to feed them all. Whilst images such as this were intended to reassure those at home, they also manage to provide an insight into the everyday experiences of life at the Front. These photographs provide us with an invaluable record of how the Government and Military wanted the war perceived.”

Allied supplies—majority of what seen here being food—waiting to be shipped/1917

According to the National Library of Scotland:With around two million men in the British Army alone, it was a huge undertaking to feed them all. Whilst images such as this were intended to reassure those at home, they also manage to provide an insight into the everyday experiences of life at the Front. These photographs provide us with an invaluable record of how the Government and Military wanted the war perceived.”

Source / September 19, 2014 / 27

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French troops launching an attack on the Germans/Somme, 1916

French troops launching an attack on the Germans/Somme, 1916

Source / September 18, 2014 / 52

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The battlefield of the Marne, between Souain and Perthes in 1915

The battlefield of the Marne, between Souain and Perthes in 1915

Source / September 18, 2014 / 63

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British soldiers on the Front, c. 1916

British soldiers on the Front, c. 1916

Source / September 18, 2014 / 125

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